Giants vs. A's: The Top-5 Bay Bridge Series games


Giants vs. A's: The Top-5 Bay Bridge Series games

May 20, 2011



As Bay Area fans know well, the Giants and As have played some great games over the years. Here is a collection of the top five Bay Bridge Series games in the history of interleague play:

June 26, 2004
Oakland 8, San Francisco 7 (10 innings)
With the A's leading 7-3 in the ninth, newly acquired Octavio Dotel entered the game to close it out. But it wouldn't be that easy.

Following a walk to Barry Bonds and a single by Pedro Feliz, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run home run to right, making the game 7-6. A sacrifice fly by Michael Tucker tied the game and forced the matchup into extra innings.

In the bottom half of the 10th, Marco Scutaro singled home Bobby Kielty for the dramatic 8-7 win in Oakland.

June 24, 2006
San Francisco 8, Oakland 7
The Giants trailed by two heading into the bottom of the ninth against A's closer Huston Street.

Mark Sweeney led off the inning with a single. Street promptly walked Barry Bonds to put the tying runs on base for Ray Durham.

Durham, instead of simply moving the runners over, blasted a three-run walk off home run into the arcade atop the right field wall.

The Giants overcame a five-run deficit and poor outing from starter Jamey Wright. Bonds hit his 719th career home run in the first inning.
June 28, 2003
San Francisco 8, Oakland 7 (10 innings)
Oakland took a six-run lead in the top of the fourth inning only to see the lead evaporate in the bottom half.

The six-run barrage by the Giants began with a solo home run from Barry Bonds and ended with an RBI single from Marquis Grissom, scoring Edgardo Alfonzo.

The game went to the 10th inning where Pedro Feliz emerged as the hero when Neifi Perez scored on his RBI single to end the ballgame.

June 29, 2003
Oakland 5, San Francisco 2
Eric Byrnes could not be stopped on this day.

Brynes hit an RBI double in the second inning and followed it up with a solo home run in the fifth. But Byrnes was not done.

Having already hit a single, double and a home run, Byrnes entered his ninth inning at bat needing only a triple to complete the cycle. And he got it off Felix Rodriguez as the Giants and A's faithful in attendance rose and cheered.

The Oakland left fielder became the 16th player in team history to hit for the cycle.
May 20, 2006
San Francisco 4, Oakland 2
Barry Bonds tied Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list with No. 714 in the second inning but Bonds was not the hero of the day.

A single by Ray Durham followed by a sacrifice fly by Steve Finley plated two runs in the 10th inning, giving the Giants the 4-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Jason Schmidt went 8 13 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

The A's tied the game in the ninth on a single by Jay Payton and forced extra innings.

Honorable mention:
May 22, 2010: Gio Gonzalez and Matt Cain each threw eight innings with no earned runs. The A's won 1-0 on an unearned run in the third inning.

June 8, 2007: Shannon Stewart hit a single, driving in two in the 10th to give the A's the 5-3 win in San Francisco.

June 12, 2009: Tim Lincecum threw a complete game shutout, while striking out eight in the Giants' 3-0 victory over the A's.

Zack Farmer is an intern with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake


Hoesen leads the ways as Earthquakes take down Real Salt Lake


SAN JOSE — Danny Hoesen scored his second goal of the season and assisted on Marco Urena's second goal, lifting the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 13th minute, off a long cross from Nick Lima. After touching the ball down, Hoesen gathered it off a defender's foot, stepped inside and unleashed a left footer into the top corner from just off the penalty spot.

Hoesen's long through ball down the right side sent Urena free and from a tight angle he rolled the ball past Nick Rimando in the 68th minute.

San Jose (6-6-5), which has battled injuries and call-ups to score just 16 goals in 16 games, won for just the second time in its last seven games.

Lima picked up two yellow cards in the second half and the Quakes played a man down from the 71st minute.

David Bingham made only one save in each half but was denied his seventh shutout when Jose Hernandez scored his second goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time for Salt Lake (5-11-2).

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

Latest round of bullpen auditions go poorly in Giants' 50th loss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Practically speaking, the 50th loss is no different than the one before or the one after, but this sport is built on milestones, and this one came quickly.

The Giants lost their 50th game on August 12 last year. This season, it was clinched when Ryder Jones grounded out in his fourth career at-bat, handing the Mets a 5-2 win on June 24. 

Bruce Bochy called losing 50 of your first 77 games "hard to believe" and "embarrassing." Johnny Cueto, who went seven strong, said the reality was "hard and sad." Brandon Belt, who got Cueto off the hook for a loss, agreed with his manager.

"That's a pretty good word to use -- it is embarrassing to come out and lose every day, especially with the group of guys we have," Belt said. "When you're losing as much as this, it is embarrassing. We're trying to do whatever we can to turn this thing around."

Lately, that has meant changes to the roster. It is officially audition season, and in that respect, it was not a particularly inspiring day for the bullpen. The Giants felt they would have a better mix this year, but it hasn't played out. Instead, they're once again trying to find pieces for the next successful Giants bullpen.

With Hunter Strickland suspended and Derek Law in the minors, two young relievers, a middle-innings stalwart, and a newcomer pitched the final two frames. They gave up four runs.

Sam Dyson was the first on the mound in the eighth. Belt had homered a few minutes earlier, tying a good starter's duel. Dyson gave up a leadoff triple to Curtis Granderson and walked Asdrubal Cabrera before throwing two good sliders past Yoenis Cespedes for the strikeout. With two lefties coming up and the go-ahead run still on third, Bochy turned to Steven Okert. He immediately gave up a seeing-eye RBI single to Jay Bruce. Wilmer Flores doubled off George Kontos later in the frame to make it 3-1. 

In the ninth, Kyle Crick showed some of the wildness that kept him in the minors for seven years. He, too, gave up a leadoff triple, a sin you always pay for. A walk helped put another run into scoring position and a wild pitch extended the Mets’ lead to four. 

Before the game, Bochy talked of getting an extended look at Jones. He was 0-for-4 in his first big league game but he’ll be back out there tomorrow. It’s time to fight for a job, and the same holds true of some relievers who didn’t fare well Saturday. It is a group with a closer locked into a longterm deal and little else decided. 

Are Strickland or Law eighth-inning guys? Will Dyson be a worthwhile reclamation project? Will Kontos be back, and will he carve out a different role? Are Okert and Josh Osich capable of giving Bochy lefties he trusts? Is Crick’s improvement in Triple-A a sign of things to come? There are many questions to be answered over the next three months. 

“This is a good time for them, this is what players get up here for, to show what they can do,” Bochy said. “Because of our situation, we’re going to take a look at these guys and we know there are going to be growing pains.”